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NFL Week 15 Power Rankings

   by Matt Fargo - 12/16/2010

New England showed the weather cannot stop its offense as it handled the Bears in a blizzard. The Patriots became the first team to clinch a playoff berth.

Pittsburgh rolled over the hapless Bengals for its fourth straight win. The final regular season test is this week against the Jets and a win here likely wraps up the division.

The Falcons have won seven straight games but of its 11 wins, only three have come against likely playoff teams. The Falcons play their third straight road game this week at Seattle.

New Orleans kept pace with the Falcons with a blowout of the Rams. The Saints have a tough game in Baltimore this week before their showdown with Atlanta in two weeks.

The Ravens nearly let one get away on Monday as they blew a 21-point lead but held on for an overtime victory. That victory likely sealed up a Wild Card playoff spot.

Philadelphia held on to defeat the Cowboys and now it faces another divisional road test against the Giants. A win in New York will essentially give the Eagles a two-game lead.

The Giants kept pace in the NFC East with a win in Detroit against the Vikings. The postponement was good in that regard but now they get one less day of preparation this week.

The Jets offense stumbled for a second straight week and there is no light at the end of the tunnel as they face two top ten defenses on the road the next two weeks.

Green Bay lost not only its game in Detroit but quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a concussion as well. It was horrible timing with a game at New England upcoming.

Chicago didn’t know what hit it as the Patriots dominated in the snow from start to finish. The Bears have a game lead in the NFC North but the remaining slate is tough.

San Diego picked up a must win in easy fashion against the Chiefs. The Chargers are a game behind Kansas City and can add a lot of pressure with a win on Thursday.

Indianapolis moved over .500 and kept pace with the Jaguars. The Colts now have an extra three days to prepare for Jacksonville at home with the division on the line.

Miami kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a road win against the Jets. The offense continues to struggle however as the Dolphins are the second worst scoring team in the NFL.

Tampa Bay pulled off another last second win thanks to a failed two-point attempt by Washington. The Bucs host Detroit and Seattle as they remain hopeful for the playoffs.

Kansas City lost in San Diego as expected and now the pressure is moving toward the Chiefs. They won’t know the status of Matt Cassel until later in the week.

The Jaguars keep winning dramatically as they have now won five of their last six games with three of those coming in the final two minutes. Big test in Indy this week.

Oakland remains mathematically alive for a playoff berth but the loss in Jacksonville hurt severely. The Raiders need to win out and will need a lot of help along the way.

Cleveland lost the Battle of Lake Erie to Buffalo, making it six of its eight losses coming by a touchdown or less. The Browns close the season with three consecutive division games.

Tennessee has now dropped six straight games to officially eliminate itself from playoff contention. There is nothing but pride on the line starting this week against divisional foe Houston.

The tough-luck Texans fought hard on Monday as they came back from a three-touchdown deficit only to lose on an interception return on their second offensive play in overtime.

The Brett Favre streak is over and the Vikings now have a decision to make for the rest of the season. Their Monday night game is still up in the air with the stadium issue.

St. Louis finally ran into a buzzsaw as the Saints dominated before taking their foot off the gas. The Rams are still tied for first place in the NFC West with Seattle.

Washington took a chance with a failed two-point conversion that would have won against Tampa Bay. The Redskins won the yardage battle for just the second time this season.

Dallas held its own against the Eagles. The Cowboys are 3-2 under Jason Garrett with both losses coming by just a field goal as he has the inside track on the permanent job.

San Francisco kept its season alive with a blowout of the Seahawks. The 49ers have a short week and a tough test in San Diego as both teams are in must win mode.

The Lions were able to turn the tide and finally win a close game after posting six losses by five points or fewer. They also hurt the Packers by knocking out Aaron Rodgers.

Seattle is going the wrong way with losses in five of its last seven games. The Seahawks remain in a first place tie but host the red hot Falcons this week.

Buffalo bounced back nicely with a home win over the Browns to move to 3-2 over its last five games. The Bills can play spoiler Sunday with a win over hated rival Miami.

Cincinnati lost its 10th straight game and frustrations were evident in Pittsburgh. The only thing saving the Bengals this week is the fact that it is playing a rivalry game against the Browns.

Arizona took care of the Broncos at home for its fourth win. Rookie quarterback John Skelton earned his first victory in his first start despite a very average day.

The Broncos lost for interim head coach Eric Studesville as they were pounded in Arizona. The debut of Tim Tebow will have to wait as Kyle Orton will start against Oakland.

The Panthers fell behind quickly against the Falcons and with the worst offense in football, they had no chance of coming back. They are favored this week against the Cardinals?

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